Hair Raising and Hair Razing Experiences Abroad

Getting a hair cut should be a fairly simple procedure and yet I have found it to be one of the lesser known, but very real challenges of expat life.  Plenty of expat blogs cover all the obvious, big ticket hurdles to being a successful and happy expat: emotional resilience, repatriation, culture shock, depression, leaving well … Continue reading Hair Raising and Hair Razing Experiences Abroad

Knocked up Abroad Again: An Announcement

Not Actually Knocked Up Abroad No, it's not that sort of announcement. I'm not expecting, but once upon a moonshine I was and hopefully you will soon be able read about the slightly less conventional road to parenthood that we traveled in Lagos, Nigeria in an actual book. It's A Book Baby Following on from Lisa Ferland's anthology … Continue reading Knocked up Abroad Again: An Announcement

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Moving to Lagos? Get the Lowdown on the Lingo. (Part II)

As promised, here is Part II of my A-Z of Lagos Lingo.  If you haven't read Part I yet, click here. N-Z of Lagos Lingo N is for NEPA plc The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHC or PHCN) used to be called the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA plc).  Due to the frequent power … Continue reading Moving to Lagos? Get the Lowdown on the Lingo. (Part II)

Moving to Lagos? You need to know the lowdown on the lingo.

  The Role of the English Language in Nigeria The official language of Nigeria, the language of business and commerce, the common language for Igbos, Yorubas, Hausas and other tribes to communicate with one another is English. Whether you are a native English speaker, or like many expats have English as a second (or impressive third … Continue reading Moving to Lagos? You need to know the lowdown on the lingo.

Alarmed by Smoke Alarms

We spent five years living in Lagos, Nigeria. To date, I’ve barely touched on our time there. It’s a chaotic and often frustrating place to live and it's difficult to know where to start as there are so many memories and mishaps to dust off.  As a first taster, I'm sharing one of the many (but far … Continue reading Alarmed by Smoke Alarms